3 Warning Signs a Leader Is Growing Numb
If you have to manufacture joy because you know people are watching, beware.
As you mature, there are many things you will care less and less about. But a growing leader never cares less about people and less about the mission. If you don’t care for people or the mission as much as you once did, your heart is growing numb. Because leadership is challenging and never-ending,... Continue Reading
We need an army of leaders whose character is marked by deep humility.
The fruit of Spurgeon’s humility was a reliance upon prayer. Seeing our sin in light of God’s infinite power and holiness leads to an acute awareness of our humble state, which leads to reliance upon prayer. Spurgeon’s life is a testimony to this golden chain of Christian humility. I recently finished Arnold Dallimore’s biography... Continue Reading
Maybe I Need to “Pull a Farel” on Them?
Recall something else about this Farel. He was a real thunderball of a preacher.
After the normal greetings and sharing of news, Farel (like all good preachers do) got straight to the point. He asked Calvin to stay at Geneva and help with the work of the church and the reform of this community. He politely declined Farel’s offer, pointing out he was headed to Strasbourg for his studies.... Continue Reading
How Can You Show Radical Hospitality as an Introvert?
Being quiet and leaving room for other people to talk can be very helpful.
God’s going to use you in all of your differences. What is most lacking in this Christian world is not the need for more extroverts, but the need for more discernment. We need the people who are quietly listening and praying as other people are talking, discerning about things. How Introverts Fuel Introverts tend... Continue Reading
Hospitality Doesn’t Have to Be a Burden: Open Your Home or Just Your Driveway
If you’re going to love your neighbors you have to start somewhere.
Sharing Christ with our neighbors can be something that’s done over time, as our relationships grow with them. By God’s grace we can pursue deeper and deeper intimacy with our nearby friends. The Holy Spirit can provoke us with a genuine love for them and a desire for them to know Christ in us, the... Continue Reading
“The Bible Answer Man” Turns East: An Unlikely Conversion
Eastern Orthodoxy accepts tradition (though not the authority of the pope) as an equal source of revelation along with the Scriptures.
In an interview, Hank Hanegraaff has said “Nothing has changed in my faith.” But it appears that he will have to broaden his source of authority beyond the Scriptures as he answers the questions of his listeners. We hope he reconsiders his decision and realizes that he has chosen a path that has misled many. ... Continue Reading
Sex Ed Without the Sex
Unlike many pregnancy groups, the Life Center also works in public schools
“What I found was that the Life Center now touches nearly every part of citizens’ reproductive lives. It instructs public-school kids in sexual mores, intervenes when panicked women find out they’re pregnant, and leads young moms in the ways of Christ-focused parenting.” Misty Stewart gave the worksheet to every student in the class: “The... Continue Reading
Prison Fellowship Gets New Leader, Entertainment Great James Ackerman
In an interview with The Christian Post, Ackerman said God aligned everything just right for him to take over the reigns of the organization that he has volunteered with for over a decade
“Shortly after meeting Prison Fellowship’s Dick Paulsen at the retreat, Ackerman began making time to go to prisons to use his business and leadership experiences to teach inmates how to write resumes, how to conduct themselves in job interviews and how to budget their time and money. Ackerman also got the opportunity to be mentored... Continue Reading
Why We Are Fighting in California
What are we actually fighting to preserve, and why is it worth preserving?
“I serve as president of Biola University, one of the faith-based institutions in California whose religious freedom is threatened by SB 1146. Biola has joined nearly 30 other California institutions in opposing the bill, and we’ve put together videos and a website to help explain the nature of the threat.” A proposed California bill... Continue Reading
3 Questions To Ask Before Considering Long-Term Missions
To learn the language, you must learn the culture
“It would be a fascinating to know how many career missionaries go back to the first place they went on a short-term trip. Some point to this frequent phenomenon and doubt those missionaries’ call. While I did not go to the first place I visited on a mission trip, the Lord did indeed call my... Continue Reading